Football: Lunde, Loer score twice as Wolverines rout Warroad on homecoming
The Wadena-Deer Creek football team blew out Warroad on Friday to send the homecoming crowd home happy. The Wolverines are one win away from their first over .500 regular season in two decades with three games left.
WADENA — WADENA – The Wadena-Deer Creek football team ended homecoming in style on Friday with its fourth win of the season.
The Wolverines (4-1) dominated Warroad (1-4) to the tune of a 34-8 victory. Their balanced offense tallied 414 total yards and five touchdowns to guarantee a .500 regular season record with three games left on the schedule.
Evan Lunde found the end zone twice in the first quarter. He broke off a 22-yard scamper just under two minutes into the game before punching in a one-yard run at the 3:30 mark. Lunde finished with a team-high 93 yards on eight carries.
Teshe Loer also found the end zone twice in the first half. Josiah Kallevig hit Loer for a 19-yard pass before connecting again for a nine-yard score three minutes later. Loer caught nine passes for 109 yards to go along with his two touchdown catches early in the second quarter.
D’Andre Hammond broke off a nine-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first half to take a 34-0 lead. Cole Woods was 4-for-4 in extra-point attempts.
The Warriors scored their only touchdown with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. WDC won its second home game of the season and its second straight since falling to New York Mills (5-0) on Sept. 16. The Wolverines have outscored their last two opponents 90-8.
The Wolverines forced four turnovers, including three fumble recoveries and an interception by MJ Lunde. He also led the team in tackles with eight. Isaac Hamann and Kobe Endres each recorded 7.5 tackles. Endres led the team with two tackles for losses.
According to head coach Kyle Petermier before the season, it’s been around two decades since WDC has posted over a .500 record. Next week, the Wolverines will host Bagley, who is 1-4 through five games. Bagley fell to New York Mills last Friday 20-0.
WDC will finish the season on the road with games at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (1-4) on Oct. 14 and at Pine River-Backus (4-1) on Oct. 19.
The Section 6-2A playoffs are QRF seeded, according to Minnesota-Scores. Osakis (4-1) holds the top spot with a rating of 37.2, followed by Sauk Centre (3-2, 34.8) and West Central Area-Ashby (4-1, 34.5). WDC’s QRF rating is 28.8, which would set up a home game against Pillager in the first round of the section playoffs if the season ended after five weeks.